Our hearts totally melted when we met 16-year-old Kayden Stephenson, who suffers from cystic fibrosis. With an estimated lifespan of 35 years, this young singer decided to make his dream of appearing on American Idol come true by attending the Oklahoma City auditions.
Singing Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish,” he stole the judges’ heart with his stellar tone and charming demeanor. Nicki Minaj even commented that his voice reminded her of a young Michael Jackson.
So how far will Kayden get in Season 12? Well, it turns out he doesn't get past Hollywood Week despite his incredible cuteness and heartwarming backstory . Hopefully he won’t be deterred from auditioning again next season!

Credit: FOX Photo: Kayden Stephenson Sings Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish” in American Idol 2013 Oklahoma City Auditions (VIDEO)
Credit: FOX Photo: Kayden Stephenson and David Leathers Jr. Sing "For the Longest Time" in American Idol 2013 Hollywood Week, Round 1 (VIDEO)